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2018 Oct-Dec

J Anaesthesiol Clin Pharmacol



Association between intravenous acetaminophen and reduction in intraoperative opioid consumption during transsphenoidal surgery for pituitary tumors.


Banerjee U, Hagan K, Bhavsar S, Grasu R, Dang A, McCutcheon IE, Suarez M, Gottumukkala V, Cata JP
J Anaesthesiol Clin Pharmacol. 2018 Oct-Dec; 34(4):465-471.
PMID: 30787509.


Pain during and after transsphenoidal surgeries originates from stimulation of branches of the trigeminal cranial nerve that supply the inner aspect of the nose cavity and dura mater. Thereby, patients undergoing transsphenoidal surgery may require moderate-to-large amounts of analgesics including opioids. Intravenous acetaminophen provides analgesia and reduces opioid consumption for a wide variety of surgeries. We hypothesized that the use of intravenous acetaminophen is associated with a reduction in intraoperative opioid consumption and provides significant analgesia during and after transsphenoidal surgery.